Friday, August 08, 2003

FENCE OR NO FENCE -- YOU DECIDE

In case you've been on vacation, there's a bit of turmoil going on in the Israeli - Palestinian "cease fire". Israel is building a fence around the West Bank. Not just any fence, a really tall one with razor wire on top and a ton of sophisiticated electronic detection equipment to alert them if anyone manages to scale the fence or cut through it. They want to make sure that any suicide bomber has to try to make it through one of the military checkpoints.

As you can imagine, a lot of people are pissed, even Bush. He "suggested" to Sharon it was a bad idea. But Sharon wasn't moved.

Charles Krauthammer writes an interesting column on the subject today and brings out one very interesting and salient point in this debate:

There have been nearly 100 Palestinian suicide bombings. All the terrorists came from the West Bank, where the barrier is being built. Not a single one has come from Gaza. Why? Because there already is a fence separating Gaza from Israel.


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